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In Memoriam – December 2018

Parkhurst found a new life Gordy C. Parkhurst was institutionalized for years but found a new life in a Minneapolis group home after advocates worked to get him back into the community. Parkhurst, 73, died of pneumonia in November. Born in Minneapolis, Parkhurst spent about 40 years in state institutions after commitment at age 2 ½ in ...

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In Memoriam – November 2018

Kyrklund was autism educator A leader in the field of autism education has died. Sarah Jane Kyrklund was 76 and lived in Edina. She was a native of Maryland, and held degrees from American University in Washington, DC, University of Minnesota and the University of Kansas. She held a PhD. and dedicated her career to teaching students ...

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In Memoriam – September 2018

He founded hockey group Luke F. Pederson’s lifelong love of sports led to his co-founding of the United States Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association. The 45-year-old Minneapolis resident died in August. Pederson was born in North Dakota, part of a large family. At age five he was diagnosed with facial scapula humeral muscular dystrophy. He played piano ...

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In Memoriam – July 2018

Ohlsson was care provider, artist Elin Ohlsson is remembered as a disability rights advocate and the founder of the Care Planners and Care Planners Medical Supply. Friends recall her sense of fun and fashion, her love of the arts, her concern for animals and most importantly, her willingness to help other people. Ohlsson died in June ...

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In Memoriam – June 2018

He wanted all to play ball Former Minnesota Twins player Frank John Quilici is remembered not just for his professional sports career, but also for his commitment to sports for all children. Quilici died in May after a long illness. He was 80 and lived in Burnsville. Quilici played second base for the Twins in the 1960s. ...

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In Memoriam – April 2018

‘Doctor Tell Me’ was Woyke’s career highlight Carl H. Woyke is remembered as a voice for medical care in Minnesota. Woyke died in February at the age of 95.5 years. Woyke was born in 1922 in Waseca and grew up there. Born with cerebral palsy, he developed a strong sense of humor to cope with his ...

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In Memoriam – March 2018

Sudduth an early self-advocate Longtime disability rights advocate J.R. Sudduth is remembered as someone who was tireless in challenging the social services system that had held him and others back. Sudduth died March 1 while in a Minneapolis nursing home. Sudduth had battled health issues for several weeks. “He’d fought a good fight against his illness,” said ...

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In Memoriam – February 2018

Anderson was dedicated to serving others Frank Anderson’s desire to help others included work with refugees abroad and service to Minnesotans with disabilities. Anderson died in late January in a motor vehicle accident near Red Wing. He was 63 and farmed in the Zumbro Falls area. Four days before his death, the main barn at Anderson’s ...

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In Memoriam – January 2018

Education pioneers are remembered Minnesota lost two of its special education pioneers in late 2017. Both were remembered by their colleagues near year’s end. Mary Lee Enfield is remembered for her compassion for children with learning disabilities, and her tireless efforts to force changes in state education laws. Enfield died in September 2017 at age 85, after ...

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In Memoriam – December 2017

Moffatt was young advocate Jennifer Elizabeth Moffatt not only was the 2017 Miss Amazing Teen Queen for Minnesota, she also advocated for people with disabilities and emergency services in in her home community of Edina. Moffatt, 20, died on Thanksgiving. Moffatt won the title in April and represented Minnesota at the national competition. She was part of ...

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In Memoriam – October 2017

Kosmoski was a true team player Hamline University and Concordia University-St. Paul athletes are honoring a staff member and long-time volunteer for both athletic departments. Jed “Kos” Kosmoski was remembered September 12 at a memorial service at Concordia. He was 44 and died of pancreatitis during a family vacation in August. Kosmoski had a medical condition that ...

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In Memoriam – February 2017

Moran was a skilled interpreter Deaf and hard-of-hearing Minnesotans remember Kathy Moran for her work as an advocate as well as a skilled interpreter. Moran was honored in January at a Minneapolis memorial service. She died weeks after being diagnosed with cancer. “She wanted to make sure that deaf folks could participate in life as fully ...

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In Memoriam – October 2016

Patrick’s work was ‘not done yet’ Motivational speaker and author Mike Patrick often said that he used his wheelchair as a speaking platform, talking about his life with quadriplegia. Patrick died September 20 after being hospitalized for several months. He was 61 years old. Patrick most recently lived in Bloomington, where he founded and ran Patrick Communications, Inc. He was a graduate of ...

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In Memoriam – July 2015

Leppick helped start group Maryellen Halstead Leppink is remembered for her work with people with traumatic brain injury. She died in May at age 89. A memorial service was held in June. The New Jersey native and her husband Dr. Harold Leppink moved to Minnesota in 1957, after volunteering at a hospital in Puerto Rico. She moved to Minneapolis in 1974 and ...

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In Memoriam – June 2015

Vinland leader passes away Duane Reynolds, associate director of Vinland Center, passed away suddenly May 3. He was 68 and lived in New Hope. Reynolds worked in the chemical health field for more than 40 years, and held Minnesota’s first chemical health license. Reynolds worked at Vinland for 19 years, and was instrumental in developing and expanding its chemical health ...

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In Memoriam – Peterson was a strong advocate

Richard John Peterson, 49, passed away July 28, 2014 at Conemaugh Hospital in Johnston, PA. He was a former employee of the Minnesota STAR Program, as well as a volunteer. He was known for his enthusiasm for assistive technology. Peterson was born May 10, 1965 in Chisholm. He held graduate degrees in electrical engineering, speech science and communication ...

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In Memoriam – April 2013

Ramberg a musician and showman Musician Dick Ramberg is remembered as a showman who wowed a lot of people with his musical skill and heartfelt performances. Ramberg, 72, died March 7 of cancer. After losing his sight to retina cancer as a young child, Ramberg learned Braille and took up piano. His mother would play chords and ...

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In Memoriam

Susan Daniels According to people who know Susan Daniels and had worked with,her, said everything that Daniels has done throughout her life has been with the goal of improving the lives of people with disabilities. That life ended Oct. 28 at age 62. An extraordinary longtime national and international disability rights advocate, Daniels’ many accomplishments on behalf ...

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